Do you know someone who would like to fly a Paraglider? Surprise your friends or loved ones with a special gift.
If you are not yet sure to want to learn to fly solo, a great way to be introduced to free flight is to experience a Trial Tandem Flight or go for a Discovery Day.
If you book a Trial Tandem flight or Discovery Day or more as a gift, we will give you a Voucher to hand over to the lucky spoiled one.
Jump in for an unforgettable experience and soar like a bird with an instructor on one of our special trial tandem flights to be introduced to and discover the basics of the sport of paragliding all in one flight!
*Parent consent is mandatory for children under 18 y. o.
A free signed "Temporary NZHGPA (OPMF 01) Pilot Membership: student" form (4 pages) and a "Release from liability and waiver of all claims" form are mandatory before flying.
Please bear in mind that the price paid is to help the school buy and maintain the expensive special required equipment for tandem flights, so this service is to be considered non-commercial per se.
This is how to experience the most unique, free, easy flights, even from the first moments!
Never before has it been so easy to step out into the air. After very little training and effort, you will find yourself lifting off, experiencing the loss of gravity, and feeling a sensation only a bird can.
Within a few hours, you will learn to carve turns through the air with great ease and fluidity. No other form of aviation is so easy to master. We teach people of all ages to be flying free on the first day.
You will start initially keeping your feet on the ground and learn to master the controls (inflating, steering and landing etc.). Then you'll progress to small flights a few feet above the ground and quickly move to higher gliding flights. We'll coach you comfortably through each stage, and then later in the day, if you wish, you should be able to do a couple of solo flights with your own equipment.
At every stage, you will be assisted by an officially rated Instructor in a safe environment, and your flights and landings will be guided via radio. This exciting and fun-filled day will give you the whole paragliding experience. The equipment for the Discovery Day can be supplied.
There are several flying sites around Auckland, but our predominant wind direction is SW. We usually practise the first steps in Muriwai Beach in West Auckland – about a 35' drive from Auckland CBD. (If the wind is coming from a different direction and requires another site, we will let you know).
The PG1 is usually achieved within two or three days of Practical and Theoretical instruction. Please note that the PG1 certification does not allow you to fly solo unsupervised – a full PG2 certification is mandatory in NZ for that.
We will teach you the basics like correctly and efficiently unpacking your gear, preparing for launch, proceeding with the mandatory check and repacking after use.
On a shallow slope, we will teach you and make you practise ground handling, the launch phases and the first low flights, laying the basis for safe and easy progress. We will teach you to steer and land your wing insisting on awareness of safety factors.
We will also instruct you how and practise a real reserve parachute deployment to maximise your chance of success in eventual cases of emergency. We will teach you to repack it and do it with you afterwards during our theory course session.
Then, short flights to the beach from a grassy slope will be followed by longer and higher flights from two different sites in compliance with the NZHGPA PG1 certification requirements.
At every stage, your ground handling and solo flights will be assisted by experienced instructors, and your flights and landings will be guided via radio. These exciting and fun-filled days will give you the whole paragliding experience.
Bad weather days will be used for theory instruction, which covers basic aerodynamics, suitable flying conditions and essential information about the equipment used.
Our most popular instruction package
The PG2 solo pilot certification course follows the required PG1 course. It is designed for students who wish to complete their private pilot licence to be allowed to fly for themselves.
To be certified, students need to demonstrate a specific range of practical paragliding skills and achieve a level of theoretical knowledge assessed through exams towards the end of this course.
Below is a brief summary of the teachings covered in the PG2 course:
Launching/Take-off Skills: wing inflation and take-off (Forward and Reverse)/landing techniques
Flying Skills: descent and steering techniques, completion of a minimum of 40 flights in total* (Discovery Day and PG1 course flights included) from at least 4 different flying sites with normal training progression.
Theoretical Skills: aerodynamics, meteorology, equipment and flying skills
With a wide range of flying locations around Auckland and Waikato, we will provide the necessary coaching and training for your gradual progression as your flying skill develops.
6 months of interest-free Finance is available for New Zealand residents, who agree to a credit check, hold a current NZ Driver's license or have a valid Passport, and must be over 18 years old.